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Sometimes you have to start over…

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

I have been on SparkPeople off and on for 3+ years. I once lost 25 lbs. (it is all back now), but I did it through the excitement, confidence and support this site gave me. This past October, I had hit my stress level with everything. I would start losing, then get “busy” and stop getting involved. I was back and forth on everything in my life in seemed. So, I cancelled my SparkPeople. I cancelled a lot. I spent two months with my son, our Pack leadership, and my boss figuring out what people wanted from me, what I could do, and what had to be let go. As things are balancing out better, I missed SparkPeople. I missed the connection with people that knew what I was going through; people who had failed but kept trying and succeeded and kept going. As I look at 2012 with fresh and refocused eyes, I know I have to give myself time for me. I need to do more for myself than a brief self-manicure while reading tech journals. It is time to care again. Therefore, I am starting over; a new profile, back through all the beginning steps. I won’t let myself shortcut through them because I have done them once 3 years ago. This is a new start, and it starts now.

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KASEYCOFF 12/28/2011 4:09AM

    I am a real believer in the 'New Year's = a fresh start' idea. Sometimes I think the hardest part is sorting thru so many things and choosing one or two you think will work for you. Maybe part of that is learning to say 'No' when asked to do 'just this one little favor,' lol.

I can help out with scouts, OR church bazaar, OR PTA, OR preparing for a special event, but I can't do ALL those things. Equally, I can participate in ONE website / forum / online community, but I don't have time for a bunch of them. How to choose?

Your way of working toward balance seems like a good method, especially since after some time passed, you found that certain 'commitments' - like SP - called to you. Maybe the first step is to figure out what will do YOU the most good, knowing that you aren't going to be any help to others if you don't take time for yourself first.

It might smack of selfishness, but this year, myself, I think I'll put 'ME' at the top of my priority list. And here's to starting over, hon!

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